Cornelia Parker’s Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View, 1991, at Chisenhale Gallery, London. Courtesy of the artist
Cornelia Parker’s Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View, 1991, at Chisenhale Gallery, London. Courtesy of the artist

The British artist Cornelia Parker, Parker struck on a characteristically sinister idea: transforming an old red barn (“synonymous with wholesome America,” in her words) into Norman Bates’s house from Psycho. (Transitional Object [Psycho Barn] is on view through October 30.) “It’s an innocent object that’s been corrupted,” she says. “I’m trying to put good and evil together, I suppose—the poison and the antidote.” As Hitchcock did for the film, Parker is building only two sides of the structure; hers will stand 26 feet. “People are always complaining about there being no shade,” she says of the Met’s popular lookout location. “I quite like the idea of visitors being in the shade of the Psycho house.”